• COVID-19 Vaccine Hopes Increasing

    Just one month on from countries across the globe suffering COVID-19 deaths in the high hundreds and still facing weeks of lockdowns, the landscape has shifted dramatically. Around the world now, countries are coming out of lockdown and beginning to return to some sense of normality. With infection rates and death tolls dropping steadily across […]

  • The IndeX Files 26-05-2020

    Vaccine Hopes Boosting Risk Sentiment Global equities benchmarks are trading with renewed upside momentum this week amidst a broad improvement in risk sentiment. Investor appetite is returning as the global COVID-19 deaths continue to decline, suggesting that hopefully the worst of the virus is now passing. Sentiment has been further boosted this week by news […]

  • Eurozone Data Improving But ECB Concerns Remain

    Economy Begins To Bounce Back Eurozone recovery hopes continue to blossom this week. Following last week’s release of better than expected flash manufacturing data for the both the Eurozone and Germany, the German Ifo index released this morning also came in above expectations. The reading, which is the country’s primary leading indicator saw a firm […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 25-05-2020

    Gold Gold prices have seen renewed selling pressure over recent sessions following the breakout to fresh highs on the year last week which quickly reversed. The move above the 1747.15 level came with plenty of divergence on momentum studies and was short lived as both equities and the US dollar continue to see support, sapping […]

  • Weekly Market Outlook 25-05-20

    In this Weekly Market Outlook 25-05-20, our analyst looks into the trading week ahead, possible market moving data releases across the globe and the technical analysis to accompany it!  Disclaimer: The material provided is for information purposes only and should not be considered as investment advice. The views, information, or opinions expressed in the […]

  • BOJ Follows in Fed’s Footsteps

    New Lending Facility The Bank of Japan announced further measures this week in its fight against deflation in the country. Following in the footsteps of the Fed, at the emergency meeting held over-night, the BOJ announced a new program aimed at boosting lending for small businesses. Along with the new measures the BOJ also announced […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 35

    Key Points From This Week Trump Steps Up Rhetoric Against China The ongoing tensions between the US and China dominated the early part of the week with Trump stepping up threats against the world’s second-largest economy over its alleged role in the COVID-19 outbreak. Trump has threatened china with the cancellation of the current trade […]

  • Manufacturing PMIs Recovering in May

    Eurzozone Factory Activity Rebounding On the back of the heavy downtrend in data seen over the last two months, there are finally some positive signs emerging in the Eurozone. The flash manufacturing PMI for May rose to 39.5 from the prior month’s record low of 33. The reading, which was also higher than the 38 […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 39

    Oil Demand Continues To Rise The oil market has seen a further recovery this week amidst a broad pickup in risk sentiment as global stay-at-home measures continue to ease. Parts of America have been re-opening over recent days as well as some European countries, fuelling hopes of a return to normality as more businesses begin […]

  • US Administration Accused of Risking Workers’ Lives

    Diverging Views It is fair to say that the relationship between the Fed and the US administration has not been a particularly pleasant one over the course of the current presidency. Following Powell’s appointment as Fed chairman, Trump has consistently criticised both the central bank and Powell personally for now acting to ease monetary policy […]

  • UK Data Goes From Bad To Worse

    Inflation Lowest Since 2016 UK inflation fell by almost half last month, tumbling from 1.5% in March to just 0.8% in April as the COVID-19 fallout continues to wreak havoc on the economy. The decline has taken inflation back to its lowest level since mid-2016 and highlights the heavy downside drag being caused by the […]

  • China Fuels Trade War Fears With Australia

    China Steps Up Pressure on Australia Away from its long running trade stand-off with the US, it seems that China is now in the process of commencing a new trade dispute. Following increased calls from the Australian government for an official investigation into the origins of COVID-19, with growing scrutiny over China’s role in the […]

  • The IndeX Files 19-05-2020

    Risk Sentiment Supported Amidst Vaccine Hopes Global equities benchmarks are in the green across the board today as the week continues in a positive tone for investors. News of a potential COVID-19 vaccine has taken centre stage this week following the announcement by US Biotech firm Moderna which said that one of its candidate vaccines […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 18-05-2020

    Gold The gold market has broken out to its highest levels since mid-2012 as the new trading week gets underway. A backdrop of stark, dovish warnings from central banks about the last downside impact of COVID-19 as well as increased uncertainty over US/China relations is creating strong safe-haven demand for gold. Last week, the chairman […]

  • The Investment Bank Outlook 18-05-2020

    In our Investment Bank Outlook each week, we bring you a selection of perspectives from leading investment banks to outline the key issues and directional views for the week ahead. These excerpts, taken from research notes, will cover issues such as key market themes, economic releases, as well as any major trends and levels to […]